Published: July 3, 2017


Visit Organizational and Employee Development online, call 303-492-8103 or email Training Coordinator Alyssa Carpenter at

Each year the Department of Human Resources (HR) provides opportunities for CU Boulder employees to expand their knowledge, learn new skills or enhance overall wellbeing through seminars, workshops and programs. The following courses are available to all CU Boulder employees and are offered at no charge unless otherwise noted in the description.

New Employee Welcome Experience

Thursday, July 13, or Thursday, July 27
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Main Campus

The New Employee Welcome Experience is the first event in a comprehensive, year-long onboarding experience designed to increase the understanding of CU Boulder’s culture, organizational structure and governance, operations, learning mission, values and campus initiatives. The program is offered to new, permanent employees.

The event starts at Norlin Library in the historic heart of campus, where participants begin to develop their understanding of what it means to be a member of the CU Boulder community. The day includes a two-hour walking tour of campus and a one-hour bus tour broken into two portions throughout the day. Lunch is provided by Elevations Credit Union and print materials are provided by CU Imaging Services (your campus printer). 

Register for New Employee Welcome Experience

Developing Intercultural Competence

Tuesday, July 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Main Campus, Center for Community (C4C), room S484

CU Boulder is committed to a strong campus climate in which all students, staff and faculty thrive and feel a sense of commitment to and from our community. Creating this climate depends on our ability to shift cultural perspectives and appropriately adapt behaviors to cultural differences and commonalities. 

This workshop is open to all CU Boulder faculty and staff interested in learning more about intercultural competence and how the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) can be used to assess and build upon your own level of intercultural competence. CU Boulder IDI-qualified administrators will guide you through attitudes, awareness, knowledge and skills associated with creating an inclusive campus environment.

Register for Developing Intercultural Competence

Emotional Intelligence

Tuesday, July 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
East Campus, Administrative and Research Center (ARC), room 346

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. EI has been shown to increase job performance, productivity and personal excellence. Join the two-hour seminar to explore this important ability and gain skills to improve your own emotional intelligence.

Register for Emotional Intelligence

Employee Management and Compliance Essentials

Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
East Campus, Administrative and Research Center (ARC), room 346

The two-day Employee Management and Compliance Essentials course provides a comprehensive overview for managers and supervisors of legal guidelines, campus policies and CU Boulder practices related to employee management and development. The core curriculum includes:

  • Pre-employment essentials (position management, compensation and recruitment),
  • Employee development guidelines and strategies (onboarding, performance management and progressive discipline),
  • Special topics in employee management (federal and campus policies and procedures related to discrimination and harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave)

Additionally, participants will select two elective sessions from the following topics: Bystander Intervention, Writing Effective Interview Questions, Service Animals and the ADA, and Managing Difficult Employees.

Register for Employee Management and Compliance Essentials

CU Grow: Leading and Managing Across Cultures

Monday, July 24, 9 a.m. to noon
Main Campus, University Memorial Center (UMC), room 247

Managing increasing diversity in international business or in any other working environment is one of the challenges that globalization has introduced and that professionals need to face. The number of interactions that people of different cultural backgrounds have with one another has increased exponentially in the workplace—as well as the number of conflicts and, more generally, intercultural stress.

Cultural variables in the working environment matter today more and more and must be understood regardless of the technical background of each professional. These are some of the reasons why the ability to lead and manage across cultures, whether abroad or at home, has become a must in order to have a successful career.

Facilitated by: Antonio Papuzza, international business and organizational behavior professional

Register for CU Grow


Tuesday, July 25, 9 to 11 a.m.
East Campus, Administrative and Research Center (ARC), room 346

The StrengthsQuest seminar provides an opportunity for CU Boulder employees to identify their natural talents by taking the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. During this interactive workshop, participants will learn to develop their talents into strengths to continue developing in their career and enhance working relationships.

Register for StrengthsQuest

Crucial Conversations

Wednesday, July 26, and Friday, July 28
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
East Campus, Administrative and Research Center (ARC), room 346

Crucial Conversations is a two-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of the organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Please note: There is a $200 course fee. The fee includes a Crucial Conversations Toolkit, cue cards for each lesson, a Crucial Conversations model card, a copy of The New York Times bestselling book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, the Crucial Conversations audio companion MP3 download and a course completion certificate.

Register for Crucial Conversations